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Supercar stunner

McLaren's 650S is a track weapon and comfy road car rolled into one pretty package

Published on Apr 21, 2014 3:26 PM
Aesthetically, the McLaren 650S is designed to turn heads. -- PHOTO: MCLAREN AUTOMOTIVE

My first encounter with the Ascari circuit was frosty, to say the least. Rain, fog and a 4 deg C temperature meant my time on the Spanish track last year was cut short after just a handful of laps.

Since then, I vowed to return. And what better way to do it than with McLaren's new supercar, the 650S.

The car was originally built to be sold as a pumped-up version of the 12C, McLaren's first supercar. But the Surrey- based company has now decided to cease production of the 12C because of overwhelming response to the 650S.

You can still order a 12C if you beg hard enough, but the 650S is such a vast improvement over the 12C that the only reason you would want one is because you preferred its looks.

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Background story



Price: $1.15 million (coupe), $1.25 million (spider)

Engine: 3,799cc 32-valve V8 twin-turbocharged

Transmission: Seven-speed dual-clutch with paddle shift

Power: 641bhp at 7,500rpm

Torque: 678Nm at 6,000rpm

0-100kmh: 3 seconds

Top speed: 333kmh, 329kmh (spider)

Fuel consumption: 11.7 litres/100km

Agent: Wearnes Automobiles